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Format: 2014-10-22
Format: 2014-10-22
  • The author discusses her new novel, set in a fictional rural Minnesota town in Tornado Alley, about the bond between a brother and sister and asks the questions: “How much do we owe our siblings – and at what cost to ourselves?”
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Jenna Blum discusses her new novel The Stormchasers.

    Set in a fictional Minnesota town and the rural corridor of Tornado Alley, The Stormchasers focuses on the Hallingdahl twins, a brother and sister who are both fascinated with severe weather. The brother, a stormchaser, is also bipolar. His sister is his caretaker.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents an encore  performance of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, the final performance in the American Classics series.
    Monday, June 14, 2010
    Related Events:
    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

  • “Edward’s Sacred Blood” and King Richard III on Stage - Dr. Thomas Canfield discusses two royal houses in conflict.
    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

    June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When     the Rainbow Is Enuf, the fifth        performance in the American Classics Script-in-Hand series.
    Sunday, June 13, 2010
    Related Events:
    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

  • The Saturdays at Central series  continues with Texas native  Randy Erwin, a.k.a. Cowboy Randy, performing his Yodelin’  and Trick Ropin’ show.
    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    The Saturday's at Central series continues with Texas native Randy Erwin, a.k.a. Cowboy Randy, performing his Yodelin' and Trick Ropin' show.

    Erwin is a professional yodeler and singer whose talents have taken him across the globe and onto the silver screen in Disney's 2004 film, Home on the Range. He was also a artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park.

    Erwin's interactive show is geared toward children and includes songs from the Old West, trick roping, and lots of yodeling.

  • Friday Night Family Fun presents a Celebration of Big Bugs with children’s author Katie Speck and Powell Gardens.
    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Friday Night Family Fun presents a Celebration of Big Bugs with children’s author Katie Speck and Powell Gardens. Speck is the author of a popular book series about a cockroach named Maybelle who lives under a refrigerator.

    This event coincides with Powell Gardens' summer-long Big Bug exhibit. The event will include hands-on activities and take place in the Art Spot. 

  • In June, the Lucile H. Bluford Branch celebrates Black Music Month 2010 with motion picture cult classics that feature the soundtrack of Black America.
    Friday, June 11, 2010

    The L.H. Bluford Branch celebrates Black Music Month with film cult classics that feature the soundtrack of Black America. The series begins on a Friday night with a screening of Brown Sugar (2002), a romantic comedy/drama in which two lifelong friends, bonded by a love for hip hop, realize their feelings for the genre are surpassed by their feelings for each other.

    A 6 p.m. reception precedes this screening. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.

  • Robin Stone discusses the life  of her late husband Gerald Boyd, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of  The New York Times and his  devastating fall in the wake of  the Jayson Blair scandal.
    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Robin Stone, who wrote the afterward for her late husband Gerald Boyd’s memoir, discusses the book and Boyd’s life, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of The New York Times and his devastating fall on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his work with graphic novels and explains his belief that they are an important art form, capable of telling any kind of story uniquely and effectively.
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his two graphic novels, Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and their form as art and literature on Wednesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind.
    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life, and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.